Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

This week marked the 40th anniversary of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, originally signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. National Peace Officer’s Memorial day has always been intended as an official day in which we, and our nation, pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This solemn day has routinely been celebrated in conjunction with National Police Week in Washington D.C., which by Presidential Proclamation is made official. Throughout the storied history of this day, and police week, the sitting President of the United States has outlined the importance of the sacrifices made by leo’s on behalf of an often unthankful or ignorant public; however, on May 15th, 2021 there was no possible way this could have been further from the truth. President Joseph Biden utilized the Presidential Proclamation to disparage and cast shade on all of law enforcement, even discounting the magnitude of sacrifice by his ignorant remarks used to paint ALL law enforcement officers with the brush stroke of racist and hateful. In stark contrast of every previous American President, to include his Democratic predecessor President Obama, who although never a staunch supporter of law enforcement, never used this date as a platform for pandering. In a time in our country starving for unity and understanding, President Biden FAILED all of law enforcement. In a year marked with the death of over 362 of the Nations Finest, the men and women who selflessly answered the call to service to a public, many of whom set on their very distruction, the President of our great country FAILED to recognize these brave men and women. On behalf of our organization we strongly condemn the remarks made by President Biden.

I am awash with disappointment, discouraged with the incindiary nature of our Presidents comments, and worse yet hurting for the many loved ones who so selflessly gave their loved one to service of another. On behalf of the board of the Jackson County Deputies Association, and that of the Fraternal Order of Police, I stand in support of those mourning the loss of a hero, I stand in reverence of the sacrifices given on bahalf of a hero, and WE stand in unity as an organization, and a profession, saying WE have the watch from here, rest easy Hero. On a personal note, I thank everyone of you for your continued service and willingness to be the example of professionalism and fair and equitable practitioners of justice.

Chairman Doug Blodgett

Jackson County Traffic Safety Unit Assisted LSPD

On 03-18-21, members of the Jackson County Traffic Safety Unit assisted LSPD with a motor vehicle crash on US-50 near Blackwell Road. During the course of the incident, Deputies helped make sure the occupants of both vehicles were not injured. While speaking with the occupants of one of the vehicles, it was discovered that there were five children, all in child safety seats in the vehicle. All the children and their parents were secured in patrol vehicles in order to keep them warm and dry. It was discover by one of the Deputies that the family had fell on tough times as many of us have in the last year and was concerned with the cost of five new child safety seats. The family has to travel out of state for a family funeral and was concerned with getting the child safety seats as well. Deputies arranged with the Jackson County Deputies Association FOP Lodge 50 Chapter 3 for the purchase for all five child safety seats. The safety seats were delivered to the family by members of the Traffic Safety Unit at a local hospital where the children were being checked over. 


Please remember if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash, the child safety seat in your vehicle are no longer reliable and safe for your child to travel in.

Response to Sheriff Forté’s Recent Transfers and Social Media Post

On November 3rd, 2020, Deputies participated in their annual shift bid as allowed in their MOU they have with Jackson County and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The bid was done in accordance with the MOU which had been agreed upon by all parties involved at the beginning of the contract period.

Deputies made arrangements for child care and other family matters in preparation to the positions they bid.

Over one month later, on December 7th, 2020, Sheriff Forté put out a transfer list that was in direct violation of the MOU and forced certain Deputies to positions they did not bid. This same order disbanded the Professional Standards Unit (Internal Affairs) as well as the Special Operations Response Team. Furthermore, Sheriff Forté moved Deputies into positions such as the Investigations Unit, that require an application processes so that all Deputies who qualify for the positions get a chance to apply. This too is in direct violation of the MOU.

Sheriff Forté continually advises that he has “management rights” under Article 3 of the MOU. While the MOU does afford certain management rights to Sheriff Forté, the agreement also states under Article 3 that management rights are “Subject to all other terms of this agreement”.

On December 8th, 2020, Sheriff Forté made a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that claims yet again that there are racist within law enforcement and they are protected by “peers, collective bargaining groups and racist leaders.” Since Sheriff Forté’s tenure as the Jackson County Sheriff, not one employee has been fired for racism let alone racial profiling. This statement is an outright attack on the Jackson County Deputies Association which is a collective bargaining group and being made without any evidence to support his allegations.

These statements were made by Sheriff Forté as a play against anyone who opposed or filed grievance against these transfers which are a blatant breach of the MOU.

We are absolutely appalled and disappointed in Sheriff Forte’s erroneous allegations as well as the blatant disregard for an agreement that the Jackson County Deputies Association has with Jackson County and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sincerely,

The Jackson County Deputies Association Executive Board


Welcome to the website of the West Central Missouri Regional Lodge #50, Chapter 3, Fraternal Order of Police. Our Chapter represents deputies of the Jackson County, Missouri Sheriff. The FOP is law enforcement officers striving to improve their profession by improving working conditions, wages and benefits, and by monitoring legislation affecting law enforcement on the local, state, and national levels of government.

Chapter 3 is a small part of the large organization that is the Fraternal Order of Police. Chapter 3 on its own only represents the approximately 110 sworn deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff, but we are part of the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers, with more than 350,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. Our organization is listed below, and you are encouraged to visit our parent Lodges at their respective websites.

Duty to Intervene Policy

Recently the Sheriff’s Office has instituted a policy called “Duty to Intervene” which requires all sworn members of the Sheriff’s Office to actively intervene if a deputy sees another officer using abusive or demeaning language, excessive force, or to prevent any of those from taking place by realizing that the other deputy / officer is beginning to lose his / her composure. Some have voiced concerns over such policy being enacted, but this is a policy necessary for accountability in our profession. Without diving too deep into the why, we can all understand that if one of, or all three of, the officers standing watch while George Floyd died in custody would have exercised their duty to intervene, at minimum that action would have provided some comfort and necessary care to Floyd. More to that point, some intervention and care would probably have prevented the mass rioting which took place as a result of the lack of action taken by the Minneapolis Police. While it is true that independent autopsies both concluded that Mr. Floyd’s death was not due to any force applied by the arresting officers, and not the singular cause of Mr. Floyd’s death, the lack of action was definitely an exacerbating factor. We as law enforcememt have a duty to protect life, this appears to have been forgotten in Mr. Floyd’s case, as not a single officer felt it necessary to intervene when Mr. Floyd was pleading for help, even calling out for his mother. We at the Jackson County Deputies Association, Chapter 3 are in full support of this common sense step towards improving the accountability of our own. This policy truly holds us responsible to the creed “our brothers keeper”, empowering all members to play an active role in not only preventing actions that have disastrous career outcomes, but recognizing misconduct and providing the commensurate authority to stop it immediately if observed.

Thin Blue Line Flag Debate

Brothers and Sisters,

As I am sure many of you are aware, there was recently a complaint made against a member of the agency for displaying a “Thin Blue Line” American flag. I was contacted by this member, as well as a litany of others requesting the assistance of the Lodge to intervene. A letter was drafted and approved by our legal counsel, which was forwarded to the command staff for review. A couple excerpts from the original letter are listed below.

“The history of the thin blue line, in its original incarnation (see attachment A) can be dated back to 1854 in a Battle of Balaclava, during the Crimean War, in which a British infantry regiment, in red uniforms, stood its ground against a Russian Calvary charge.  The British formation became known as the “thin red line”.  In 1911, the U.S. Army adopted the blue line as sign of support based on the wearing of blue uniforms in the end of 19th century.  This was later adopted by law enforcement in 1950’s by law enforcement professionals to represent their courage and sacrifice while protecting the American people.  The Oxford Dictionary describes the “Thin Blue Line” as “it’s a reference to police, in the context of maintaining order during unrest.”  In 1962, the Massachusetts State government use the ‘thin blue line’ when referring the Mass. State Police, inspired by their handling of the anti-nuclear demonstrations in the state.  The “Thin Blue Line” emblem was established to symbolize ALL law enforcement personnel, similar to the Red Cross representing all medical personnel.  As described by the web site Flags of Valor “The Thin Blue Line embodies the unbreakable component of law enforcement standing as a safety barrier between the law-abiding citizens of America and the criminally inclined predators.”  This sentiment was later echoed by President Ronald Reagan when he stated “the Blue Line represents the good, while below the blue represents the evil, the darkness we are threatened with daily.”  The “Thin Blue Line” flag (see attachment B) has since become a universal symbol of respect for the sacrifices by the men and women of law enforcement, which is solidified by its presence at every state and national law enforcement memorial service and monument.  The untrue and defamatory origin story, which was originally published in Harper’s, was not only false but has been the origin story of the divisiveness of the image. (Marshall Project, August 2020) (San Diego Tribune, July 2020) (Flags of Valor, September 2019)”

“As I believe we have outlined, utilizing fact not emotion, the complainant’s assertion that the flag has some sort of racist nexus, or that its origin story is in direct response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement is completely untrue.  To vilify this symbol of sacrifice, based on the actions of a few un-associated persons, would be just as wrong and misguided as branding the BLM movement a terrorist organization based on riots instigated by the un-associated members of ANTIFA. Furthermore such statements are offensive to the men and women who don the badge daily and use this flag as a way to show pride in their chosen profession, even in the face of such hateful rhetoric.  It is our solemn belief that this should be looked upon as opportunity to open a dialogue, to bridge the gap between the police and the public, by providing these facts to the people, to combat the false narrative which is currently being spread.   An option to assist with this is that the history of the flag be printed and displayed conspicuously as an educational accompaniment to the flag.

In Closing, the Lodge is making formal request that the members of the Sheriff’s Office be able to display the “Thin Blue Line” American flag, until such time that an objection is recorded by the U.S. American Legion in keeping with the U.S. Flag Code.”

Fraternally,

Doug Blodgett    

Body Camera’s

Brothers and Sisters,

Today I had the opportunity to meet with the Sheriff regarding the goals and directions of the agency and how they align with those of the Union. The discussion was very complimentary towards the deputies, and beneficial to both sides. One question posed to the Sheriff about how we (the FOP) may help move our agency towards some common sense reforms, based on facts and common sense rather than emotion and rhetoric, which lead to a lengthy discussion about the members of the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff and I agree that our membership is compiled of very professional, capable, and honorable men and women. We routinely do the job well, carrying ourselves above reproach, even in face of sometimes unthinkable slander and dialogue. We believe that the best method to showcase these actions proving the professionalism and integrity of the members of Sheriff’s Office is through the use of body worn cameras. While we all know that body worn cameras are not the end all be all answer to public trust, it does allow us to provide factual evidence to counter any claim of maleficence and protect the members of the Sheriff’s Office. We support this move, and welcome the opportunity to have an “eye witness view” of the professional manner in which our deputies perform their duties. We will be drafting a letter addressed to several entities of the County government outlining our support and preparedness to assist in moving this initiative into reality.

Fraternally,

Chairman Blodgett

Fighting to Support our Fellow Deputies

Join in your fellow deputies on Saturday, October 8th, at 8PM, Harrah’s Casino, when our own Tony Uredi will be fighting to support his fellow deputies.

Portions of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Jackson County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Chapter 3 FOP’s benevolence fund, which is used to support deputies in times of need.

PLEASE contact Tony directly at 816-392-1954 (text or call), for tickets. Standing room is $30.00, Seats are $50.00, and table for four is $170.00. Please contact Tony before October 7th if you’re able to attend.
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New Chapter 3 Board of Directors Elected

During the General Membership Meeting on July 21st, your new Board of Directors for Chapter 3 was elected as follows:

Chairman – Dep. Ray Heck

Vice-Chairman – Sgt. Doug Blodgett

Secretary-Treasurer – Sgt. Russ Beach

Patrol Division Steward – Sgt. Danny Barnes

Other Divisions Steward – Det. Penny Cole

You may notice that there are now only five members on the Board of Directors, and that there are Stewards designated by division. These changes result from the Constitution and Bylaws approved by the Membership at the same meeting.

Members should direct all inquiries regarding FOP matters to the Steward representing their assigned division.

The next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING will be held in September, please watch your inbox for date, time, and location to be announced.

Shop With a Cop, Regional Lodge #50

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The Fraternal Order of Police, West Central Missouri Regional Lodge #50 is happy to announce that we are engaging in our fall fundraising campaign for our Shop With A Cop programs throughout the metro.  The FOP has a long history of helping those in need including our Christmas program for less fortunate children.

During Christmas 2014, FOP Lodge #50 members helped coordinate and fund through financial contributions numerous shop with a cop programs throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  Those areas included; Grandview, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Jackson County.  We anticipate participating in the same programs this year and hopefully expanding the programs to additional locations as well as a Holiday Basket program for the elderly and those in need.  During Christmas 2014 Lodge #50 spent more than $5,000 on shop with a cop programs as well as countless hours of time.

The fundraising for this program is done through Community Financial Services, Inc.  Community Financial Services is a professional fundraising firm that works on contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #50 for our fundraising needs.  CFS receives a percentage of all proceeds collected for their services and expenses.

Fraternal Order of Police President, Rick Inglima said, “Christmas and the holiday season is a time where no child should go without.  Our officer members are committed to helping the children in our communities and getting to know them as friends and mentors.  Our Shop With a Cop program is just one of the philanthropies we participate in.  If anyone has any questions about our program or would like to receive information on how to participate please contact the Lodge or our fundraising firm at the numbers listed below.”  The current fundraising campaign can be expected to run into December 2015.
Community Financial Services Inc.
6500 NW Tower Dr., Suite 103
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.382.3300 Office

OR

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #50
10032 E. 63rd St.
Raytown, MO 64133
(816) 358-7727 Office
West Central Missouri Regional, FOP Lodge #50 represents law enforcement officers in Bates, Cass, Jackson, Platte, Clay, and Ray Counties.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 325,000 members nationwide, 5,500 members in the State of Missouri and in excess of 2,600 members in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Our thoughts and prayers are with KCFD.

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We would like to ask our membership and the public to read the following message from IAFF Local 42, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


It is with a heavy heart that we report two Line of Duty Deaths in Kansas City, Missouri, IAFF Local 42.  Fire Apparatus Operator Larry Leggio and Firefighter John Mesh.

Both members passed away as a result of injuries suffered during a structural collapse while fighting a three-alarm fire in Kansas City’s Old Northeast district on Monday, October 12, 2015.  Larry Leggio was a 17-year veteran and John Mesh was an 11-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department.  Both men are from a family of Kansas City Fire Fighters.

Larry Leggio, 43, leaves a wife, mother and family.  John Mesh, 39, leaves a wife, four daughters, mother and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Two other members of IAFF Local 42, Fire Apparatus Operator Chris Anderson and Firefighter Dan Werner were hospitalized but are expected to be released and make a full recovery.

Funeral arrangements are pending and more information will be forthcoming as it develops.

Donations to the family should be made to IAFF Local 42 Community Assistance, 6320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42 A, Kansas City, MO 64133.  If you have questions please contact IAFF Local 42 at 816.358.4222, ext. 101.

Shared from IAFF Local 42, https://www.iaff42.org

Ch. 3 Brothers attend FOP National Convention

This week, Brothers Blodgett and Barnes, along with other members from Lodge 50 were part of Missouri’s delegation to the FOP National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA.

The biennial National Convention is held for delegates to decide Grand Lodge Officers, vote on other resolutions presented by the various State Lodges, and for updates on the many issues facing our Nation’s law enforcement officers today.

The Convention also represented a celebration of the FOP’s 100 year anniversary. Thousands of delegates, guests, and supporters gathered for a celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. In these trying times, the support and welcome given to law enforcement in Pittsburgh this week was encouraging.

It should serve as a reminder to all members that with the FOP, you are not only one of Chapter 3, but one of hundreds of thousands of members. We all stand together.

When I think about our Order, and consider where I was nearly ten years ago compared to today, the difference is stark. The support and community is great. The pay and benefits are much improved at our department. Much of that is due to all of you and our Fraternal Order’s efforts.

Thank you, and I hope to see you all at our next general membership meeting.

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We See You – Prayers for Officer Pearson

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We are sharing with you the opportunity to show your support for Officer Aaron Pearson, son of our own brother Deputy Winston Pearson, by participating in a fundraising project of Bigfish Screenprinting of Springfield, Missouri. Many of you may have already received the link for their fundraising project: http://www.bigfishtees.com/prayersforpearson/.

Chapter 3, Lodge 50, will be purchasing a quantity of these t-shirts and providing them to our members and families who attend the regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 19th, at 1800 hours.

Please make an effort to attend this General Membership Meeting to pick up a t-shirt. We will be taking a group photograph of our members and families wearing the shirts. This project gives us a way to publicly proclaim our support for our brothers and sisters, and also to raise funds for the Pearson Family through the efforts of the Missouri FOP Foundation.

Again, Chapter 3 is purchasing a quantity of these shirts, which will be provided to members and families as supplies last at the February 19th General Membership Meeting.


 

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We See You.

Support for injured SPD Officer Aaron Pearson

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Brothers and sisters,

As many of you are aware, Springfield, MO Police Officer Aaron Pearson was shot in the early hours of Monday morning, and remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Brother Blodgett went to Springfield Wednesday to show our Chapter and Lodge 50’s support to the Pearson family.

The Springfield Police Officer’s Association, Springfield PD’s FOP Chapter, is organizing and coordinating fund raising projects to support the Pearson family during their time of difficulty. They have provided the following information for any person or organization wishing to contribute:

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, a 501 C3. The primary account location is Commerce Bank at 2770 W. Republic Road, but donations are accepted at any Commerce Bank location.
Checks can also be sent to: Missouri FOP Foundation, 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd. C100-91, Springfield, MO 65807. Write “Springfield Police” in the memo line. Donations will go to the family.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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The National Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with C.O.P.S. and law enforcement associations across America on a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day scheduled for January 9th, 2015. Please share this information with members in your states.

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can’t. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling. The pay is low, the hours can be terrible, and there is sometimes little appreciation for what you do. Yet, they do it anyway.

What the public doesn’t see is the lengths law enforcement takes to keep our communities safe. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.

Being a law enforcement officer truly is an impossible job. You must be professional, courteous, caring and yet be ready to protect the public at all times. You must be prepared to make life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. You take an amazing amount of abuse at times, but have to view this abuse as just “part of the job.” You do not have the liberty to express your emotions during many situations.

Law enforcement officers play such an integral part in our society; without them, chaos would reign. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in trouble – a car accident, a home invasion, an assault – and you did not have someone to call for help? No matter how much abuse law enforcement takes, they continue to do their job, and do it well. They are the guardians of our way of life and they deserve our support.

On January 9th, we call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given, are encouraged take time on Friday, January 9th to show their support. Support can be shown in a number of ways:

Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image at the beginning of this proposal
See a police officer? Thank a police officer
Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement
Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers
Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards
Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your law enforcement’s webpage or social media pages
All of our partnering organizations welcome media outlets to cover this nationwide campaign in support of law enforcement. Leaders from all of the supporting agencies will make themselves available for interviews on the morning of January 9th, 2015. Contact Sara Slone at the National C.O.P.S. office to set up these interviews at (573) 346-4911.

Please also see this link to a PSA you can also feel free to post or send to your members: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK-0UvwasUc

Patrick Yoes
National Secretary

Welcome two new members!

Welcome the two newest members of our Fraternal Order, Sgt. Jeff Carpenter, and Dep. Brad Norton!!!

These two long-time members of the Sheriff’s Office family have joined with us in our continuing efforts, so give them a hefty “THANK YOU BROTHER!” when you next see them.

Thanks Jeff and Brad!

Congratulations to Sister FOP Member Det. Kat Covey!!!

Congratulations to our sister FOP member Det. Kat Covey, #31, for being recognized as Jackson County’s Employee of the Year (out of ALL Jackson County employees, not just those at the Sheriff’s Office).

Det. Covey was deservingly awarded Employee of the Year due to her ongoing dedication to Law Enforcement, and the citizens of Jackson County. She also deserves recognition for her ongoing support of her brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement through her membership and participation in our Fraternal Order!

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See the Sheriff’s Office Press Release below for more:

 

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MEDIA INFORMATION REPORT

JACKSON COUNTY, MO SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

TO: All Media DATE: 02-12-2013

FROM: Sergeant Ronda Montgomery TIME: 4:30 p.m.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Subject: Detective Carole “Kat” Covey Wins Jackson County’s Employee of the Year

 

Detective Covey has been assigned to the Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit with the Jackson County, MO Sheriff’s Office since its inception.

Aside from answering non-stop telephone calls, she often responds to register sex offenders, answers a multitude of sex offender registration questions, and resolves concerns over offender compliance on a daily basis. In addition, Detective Covey is cognizant of her surroundings and never hesitates to stop what she is doing and interject if an offender is being dishonest or not forthright in their information with one of the clerks.

Through all of this, Detective Covey has remained strong in her dedication to ensuring sex offenders remain accountable for their actions and the zero tolerance enforcement remains tightly intact.

When she was nominated for Jackson County’s Employee of the Month award, it was noted in one 12-month span — November 29, 2010 through November 29, 2011 – Detective Covey charged 161 offend! ers with “Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.” Her coworkers also cited her ability to discern when an offender is being less than forthright. In late 2011, the she interviewed an offender during a compliance sweep and obtained consent to search his home. The result was the discovery of child pornography (more than 13,000 images and 80 videos on the man’s computer) and filing of charges.

Detective Covey was recognized for her tireless efforts to make Jackson County safe when she was named the February 2012 Employee of the Month. Now her county colleagues who serve on the Employee Recognition Committee have bestowed upon her the honor of being Jackson County 2012 Employee of the Year.

County Executive Mike Sanders and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp congratulated Detective Covey on the award during a special luncheon held Monday, February 11, 2013 to salute all of the county’s 2012 Employees of the Month. “Kathy has earned this award not only for what she’s done in the last year, but for a career dedicated to going above and beyond in making sure no offender ‘slips through the cracks,'” stated Sheriff Sharp. “We have a zero tolerance policy toward offenders who don’t register, and Kathy is proactive in pursuing them and protecting the public.

Detective Covey, who rarely takes a day off, has also helped streamline the offense reporting process, which includes a narrative crucial to successfully prosecuting cases. She played a key role in transforming the Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit from one that was reactive to one that is now proactively pursuing offenders 24/7.

To date, Detective Covey has charged nearly 550 sex offenders with Failing to Register.

Detective Covey’s photograph (center) along side County Executive Mike Sanders (left) and Sheriff Mike Sharp (right) is being sent via e-mail.

 

Sergeant Ronda Montgomery